Research focus for Professor Chris Del Mar
A 50 percent increase of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and 23 percent increase in research and consultancy income over the past year has kept Bond University’s Professor Chris Del Mar busy in his role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research).
Concluding his term as Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at the end of last year, Professor Del Mar is now dedicated to the PVCR role in response to the University’s expanding portfolio.
“Bond University is maintaining a healthily increasing trajectory of research productivity,” Professor Del Mar said.
“The last two years have been very successful at Bond University with research and consultancy income increasing by more than 40 percent from 2007 to 2008 and by a further 23 percent in 2009.
“This pleasing growth is a combination of several factors. These include a huge effort by academics in the University to focus on research; the expansion of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine over the past five years; increasing internal research funding by the University to encourage academics; the establishment of a University Centres’ plan to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration; and an active Office of Research Services to support researchers through the grant application process.
“Finally, a significant increase in the number of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students is also driving many academics’ research. In 2008 we had 75 HDR students and now we have 158 so the number has more than doubled in two years,” said Professor Del Mar.
Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable acknowledged Professor Chris Del Mar for his outstanding contribution during his term as Dean.
“Professor Del Mar’s leadership of Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine has ensured many successes, which include producing our inaugural medical graduates, developing our Masters of High Performance Science and establishing Bond University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy programs," Professor Stable said.
“Professor Del Mar continues in his position as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and as an integral member of our academic community.”